LITURGICAL TRAINING – SUNDAY, AUGUST 26, 11:30AM-1:30PM
The core purpose of the church is to participate in God’s transformative work of individuals and community. Worship is the foundation of that work, and participating in our liturgical ministries expands our experience of, and engagement with the Holy Spirit. Everyone is encouraged to participate in a liturgical ministry! The training will introduce everyone to each of the ministries so you can see where your gifts and interests can best align. Plus, pizza!! Email Mother Anne (email@example.com) to RSVP so we have enough pizza.
RED BAG SUNDAY IS SEPTEMBER 2
Please remember to bring in your donations to help those who are in need. The pantry is low on food and supplies, and they have given us an extended list of needed items.
oatmeal canisters, granola bars, cereal (especially plain cheerios), peanut butter, jelly, pasta and pasta sauce, canned fruit/apple sauce/fruit cups, canned tuna/canned chicken, mac and cheese , white rice (boxes), crackers and chips/cookies, condiments, canned sweet peas
paper towels, toilet paper, large shampoo bottles, toothpaste, deodorant, cleaning supplies
SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GREG – SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 9 AT 10AM
Let’s celebrate the Feast of St. Gregory by having church, picnic, games, and activities in Mitchell Park together! Invite friends, family, and neighbors – all are welcome. Jim Swager’s band, Power Chord, will lead our musical worship, and will play for us after worship while we picnic and play games together. Bring a folding chair, and food to share: if your last name starts with A-L, please bring a side dish, and M-Z please bring a dessert. See you there!
SUNDAY MORNING FORMATION FOR CHILDREN AND ADULTS BEGINS SEPTEMBER 16 at 9:00AM!
We are excited about our plan for Christian Formation this year. The adults and children will focus on Practicing our Fatih, and developing Spiritual Practices that help us in our faith journey. The children will focus on fundamental bible stories and the fathers and mothers of our faith. Our Formation calendar includes so much more than just Sunday morning: We will have Faith Labs (where we explore spiritual practices in more depth), and short-term Bible Studies throughout the year. Look for a Formation brochure coming soon that gives a detailed description of the topic for each Sunday, and our other offerings.
A LIGHT TO THE NATIONS – EMPOWERED IN SPIRIT & COMMUNITY – SEPTEMBER 28-30
We are joining with the Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit in Lincolnshire for a weekend of exploring how God calls faith communities to live and serve in community. Two well-known Lutheran theologians and pastors, David Tiede and Kathryn Tiede, will lead the weekend and invite us into deeper reflection on our calling and purpose.
Friday, September 28 – Reception at 6:30, Dinner and Teaching 7-9PM
Saturday, September 29 – Teaching, box lunch, and intergenerational service project 9AM – 4PM
Sunday, September 30 – The Rev. Dr. David Tiede will preach at both services, and teach at the Adult Forum at 9AM
COMMUNITY MEALS – NEXT TIME TO SERVE IS SEPTEMBER 16
Save the date as our next opportunity to serve is Sunday, September 16th. Details to follow.
VESTRY MEETING NEWS
Our Vestry met on August 14 and approved the following:
● Church Bell Repair funded by an Anonymous Donor. Notice the quiet at the top of the hour? That’s because the bell located on the roof of the Church building no longer rings. But great news. A donor family has committed to funding a complete overhaul and new control system. The bell will be lowered from its support structure by crane and transported to the original supplier in Cincinnati, Ohio for repairs. The new bell will hopefully be operating by Christmas.
● New Visual Representation Image for St. Gregory’s. Our awesome new logo will become a recognizable symbol that we will utilize across all communication platforms such as social media, print materials, and outdoor signage. We want to thank the dedicated communication team of Vanessa Fjeldheim and Maggie Nodland who worked on this exciting initiative. A hand-painted version of the new image is on the Welcome sign we will all decorate in Founders’ Hall after the service – which we will use to welcome the children, parents, and teachers back to school on August 20,.
● 2019 Budget Development Task Force. The Vestry chartered a team of parishioners - Art Bielski, Don Braun and Cherie Thompson - to guide the development of our 2019 expense budget. They will be working with the various staff and volunteer people who have expense responsibilities to prepare and present their budgets focusing on how their activities will help us achieve our mission of radiating God's grace and equipping all people to change the world.
BOOK CLUB – SEPTEMBER 19 AT 7PM
On September 19th, the book club will be reviewing the book “Outliers: The Story of Success” by Malcolm Gladwell. All are welcome to join in lively discussion. On October 18, the group will discuss “Letters of Note” by Saun Usher. The book club meets on the 3rd Wednesdays of each month at 7pm, in the Conference Room, at St. Gregory’s. November’s meeting will be rescheduled due to the holiday.
THANK YOU FROM GLENWOOD ELEMENTRARY SCHOOL!
On behalf of all of the students and teachers at Greenwood Elementary School in Waukegan: "Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Your generous donation of school supplies has helped us to begin the school year better prepared for teaching and learning. We are very grateful for your kindness." Janet Foltz
SPAM EMAIL FROM MOTHER ANNE? PLEASE IGNORE IT!
Despite our best efforts, Anne’s email has once again been hacked. If you get an email from Mother Anne from any email address other than firstname.lastname@example.org, please ignore it! Also, she isn’t going to ask you for money or an iTunes gift card.
DO YOU HAVE EXTRA VASES? HELP US SHARE FLOWERS WITH OTHERS!
If you have extra vases sitting around, please consider bringing them to St. Gregory’s. After worship on Sunday, we can put altar flowers into several vases and deliver them to people who are sick, or just in need of a smile! If you are interested in being a flower delivery minister (who DOESN’T like to spread joy???), please let Mother Anne know – email@example.com. This ministry would take no more than 1 hour of your time whenever your schedule permits.
PRAYERS THIS WEEK, PLEASE REMEMBER…
The sick, and those who need prayer, especially… David Charles Eubanks, Gerry Lanigan, Terry Lanigan, Chris, Hunter Hines, Jack Morris, Scott Hamilton, Elizabeth Hamilton, Sharon Moceri, Scott and Cindy, Livia Krzeminski, Marjorie Hutcheson, Dorothy Britt.
Our companion parish in Madagascar, Santa Grégoire, Tolagnaro, and Dean Donné.
For the departed…. James Hobson Dunkerley, Marge Grossen, Tom Miller
PARISH E-NEWSLETTER DEADLINE - MONDAY, 9:30 AM
If you would like to have something included in the newsletter sent out midweek, please submit your article to firstname.lastname@example.org or call Charlene Vanderhulst (847-945-1678.)
GENERAL CONVENTION UPDATE - AUGUST 19 AT 9AM
The General Convention of the Episcopal Church convenes every three years, and it concluded the 2018 session this month in Austin, TX. Join Mother Anne on August 19th at 9am in Founders’ Hall to discuss the major themes of the convention, and the decisions that were made.
BLESSING OF THE BACK PACKS - AUGUST 19 AT 10AM
August 19 will be the Blessing of the Back Packs! Teachers and students bring your back packs and briefcases to be blessed. We will be doing a school supply drive for the students and teachers at Greenwood Elementary School in Waukegan. Please consider buying some extra supplies while you are getting your own and bring them to the church on August 19. Items that would be specially appreciated are: boxes of 24 Crayola Crayons, Dry Erase markers, Crayola Markers, pencils, and reams of copy paper.
WELCOME BACK TO CARUSO AND WILMOT STUDENTS/PARENTS - AUGUST 20 FROM 7:30-9:00AM
Let’s welcome our elementary and middle school neighbors back to school! We will have coffee, juice, doughnut holes (of course), and fun signs to use for photo opportunities. This is a great opportunity for St. Gregory’s to tell our neighbors how much they mean to us – so please join us on the corner of Wilmot and Deerfield!
SUMMER BOOK CLUB – TONIGHT AT 7PM
Tonight, August 15th, “Beneath a Scarlet Sky” by Mark Sullivan will be discussed, and on September 19th, “Outliers: The Story of Success” by Malcolm Gladwell. All are welcome to join in lively discussion. We meet on the 3rd Wednesdays of each month at 7pm, in the Conference Room at St. Gregory’s.
LAST SUMMER SESSION WITH SHELLEY IS AUGUST 16!
Please visit with our new Family Minister, Shelley, and her daughter, Gracie, at the last Summer Session with Shelley on the Marian House deck. Everyone is welcome! It is drop in - so come at any point during times listed. Last session is August 16, 7:00 - 8:30. There is a signup sheets in Founders’ Hall or you can email Shelley at email@example.com to let her know you will be attending Shelley is excited to get to know you better!
COMMUNITY MEALS – NEXT TIME TO SERVE IS SEPTEMBER 19
Thank you to Ishani and Suren Sinnaduray, Debbie and John Welker, David Jolly, Sybil TenEyck, Janet and Bill Foltz, and Barbara, Matthew and Scott Schaper who prepared and served lunch to our neighbors in Waukegan. Thanks to Karen Nicholas, Debbie Welker, Sybil TenEyck, Mary Keller, Janet Foltz and Barb Schaper for providing desserts.
Our next opportunity to serve is Sunday, September 16th.
Thanks, Barb Schaper and Janet and Bill Foltz, coordinators
Despite our best efforts, Anne’s email has once again been hacked. If you get an email from Mother Anne from any email address other than firstname.lastname@example.org, please ignore it! Also, she isn’t going to ask you for money or an iTunes gift card. J
The sick, and those who need prayer, especially… David Charles Eubanks, Gerry Lanigan, Terry Lanigan, Chris, Hunter Hines, Jack Morris, Scott Hamilton, Elizabeth Hamilton, Sharon Moceri, Jerry Thomas, Synda Nelson, Scott and Cindy, Anne Clark, Kent Hollingsworth, Simon Jackson, Jenny Stadelmann, Livia Krzeminski, Marjorie Hutcheson.
Our companion parish in Madagascar, Santa Grégoire, Tolagnaro, and Dean Donné.
For the departed… Marge Grossen, Anna Phillip, Daniel Salinas.
SUMMER SESSIONS WITH SHELLEY!
Please visit with our new Family Minister, Shelley, and her daughter, Gracie, at Summer Sessions with Shelley on the Marian House deck. Everyone is welcome! It is drop in - so come at any point during the open patio times listed. Dates available: TONIGHT, August 8, 7:00 - 8:30, and August 16, 7:00 - 8:30. There are signup sheets in Founder's Hall or you can email Shelley at email@example.com to say which session you'd like to attend. Shelley is excited to get to know you better!
YOUTH BEACH & JAM SESSION OUTING –AUGUST 12
August 12 the youth group will be going to the beach and having a jam session after church. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you can attend.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR COMMUNITY MEALS - AUGUST 12 FROM 12-4
St. Gregory’s has the opportunity to prepare and serve a warm meal to our neighbors in Waukegan this Sunday, but we are still in need of volunteers. Many people are out of town or not available. Please sign up or contact Barb Schaper (email@example.com, 847-948-8989) to help. We gather at Christ Church, Waukegan after the 10am service at St. Gregory’s. We prepare a meal (menu already selected, and jobs easily assigned based on skill!), then serve the meal and interact with the neighbors who come to receive the food. This is a great opportunity to put our faith in action, and develop relationships with people in Waukegan. Children who are comfortable in a kitchen are welcome!
SUMMER BOOK CLUB – AUGUST 15 AT 7PM
August 15th, “Beneath a Scarlet Sky” by Mark Sullivan will be discussed, and on September 19th, “Outliers: The Story of Success” by Malcolm Gladwell. All are welcome to join in lively discussion. We meet on the 3rd Wednesdays of each month at 7pm, in the Conference Room at St. Gregory’s.
ST G’S HOSTS FOX AND TROVE’S CAMP KINDNESS FOR TWO WEEKS!
How lucky we have been to host the World Changer Camp for Kindergartners and 1st graders at St. Gregory’s two years in a row! Fox and Trove is a bullying-prevention nonprofit. The mission of Fox and Trove's Kindness Program is to teach kids, ages 3-6, how to be kind and brave. Using age-appropriate teaching methods and activities they introduce the concepts of empathy, emotion regulation, positive language, conflict resolution and pro-social behavior. They encourage and foster positive connections with peers and teach self-calming and mindfulness techniques which enable children to be more available to learn and ready to engage in the classroom and at home. We hope Fox and Trove will decide to use our facilities again next year.
Do you feel called to pray with and for others? Would you like to pray with others on a regular basis? Would you like to explore new ways of prayer? If you answered yes to any of these, perhaps you would like to help form a group specifically for prayer! Email Mother Anne, and we can find a time that is common to all interested! firstname.lastname@example.org
The sick, and those who need prayer, especially… Jack Morris, Scott Hamilton, Elizabeth Hamilton, Sharon Moceri, Jerry Thomas, Synda Nelson, Scott and Cindy, Anne Clark, Kent Hollingsworth, Simon Jackson, Jenny Stadelmann, Livia Krzeminski, Marjorie Hutcheson.
10:00 AM Holy Eucharist with music